Thursday, December 19, 2013

Dark Reflections Trilogy by Kai Meyer (Series Summary)

Mulluane | 4:00 AM | 3 Comments so far

Dark Reflections Trilogy by Kai Meyer (Series Summary)
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Dark Reflections is a trilogy about Venice, orphans, glass makers, gondolas, mermaids and magic. It is about Egyptians, mummies, sphinx and war. It is about the denizens and environs of Hell. Starting to get the picture? Oh no you don't. Not by a long shot because none of these familiar elements are going to be familiar at all.

No, in this Venice there are shark faced mermaids who tow gondolas through the canals. It is a Venice where stone lions do not grace the architecture, they patrol the streets and fly through the air. Here the Egyptians are the conquerors, not the Romans, and they use armies of scarabs and undead mummies to wipe out any populace they encounter. And Hell? Well, I'm not even going to try and describe Hell. Suffice it to say it is unlike anything you might have imagined.


Friday, December 13, 2013

The Water Mirror/The Flowing Queen: by Kai Meyer (Dark Reflections Trilogy: Book 1)

Mulluane | 3:00 PM | 2 Comments so far


In Venice, magic is not unusual. Merle is apprenticed to a magic mirror maker, and Serafin—a boy who was once a master thief—works for a weaver of magic cloth. Merle and Serafin are used to the mermaids who live in the canals of the city and to the guards who patrol the streets on living stone lions. Merle herself possesses something magical: a mirror whose surface is water. She can reach her whole arm into it and never get wet.

But Venice is under siege by the Egyptian Empire; its terrifying mummy warriors are waiting to strike. All that protects the Venetians is the Flowing Queen. Nobody knows who or what she is—only that her power flows through the canals and keeps the Egyptians at bay.

When Merle and Serafin overhear a plot to capture the Flowing Queen, they are catapulted into desperate danger. They must do everything they can to rescue the Queen and save the city—even if it means getting help from the Ancient Traitor himself.

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The Water Mirror: (The Dark Reflections Trilogy: Book 1)

| Author: Kai Meyer
| Genre: YA Fantasy
| Age Range: 12 and up
| ISBN-10: 0689877889
| ISBN-13: 9780689877889
| Content: Alternate Reality, Mermaids, Mythology
| Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books: First Edition (August 22, 2006)
| Elizabeth D. Crawford (Translator)
| Cover Artist: Russell Gordon
| Paperback: 272 pages
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 3 Stars
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The Water Mirror (Dark Reflections,#1)



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This tale takes place in the canals of Venice but not the Venice you and I are familiar with. No, this Venice is full of mythical creatures, powerful magic, and evil doings. Not only is this not Venice as we know it but even the mythical elements are unique. Imagine both walking and flying stone lions, enslaved mermaids with shark like faces, flying egyptian sunbarks, magical mirrors, and a city under siege by egyptian zombies. And to make things even more interesting, it appears that Venice's salvation can only be accomplished by making a treaty with the denizens of Hell.

Dark Reflections, written by a german author and translated into english, is a dark and creative book. It follows the adventures of a pair of orphans, apprenticed to two rival merchants, who stumble on to a dark conspiracy. Soon the pair are in over their heads as they try to find a way to save their beloved city.

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Stone Light by Kai Meyer (Dark Reflections Trilogy: Book 2)

Mulluane | 2:30 PM | 3 Comments so far


Evil forces have invaded Venice - the city that Merle and Serafin call home. Luckily, the two friends hold secrets that just might stop the pharaoh from destroying their ancient city.

Merle has within her spirit of the Flowing Queen, a mysterious legendary force who serves as her guide. Indeed, the Queen's voice has led Merle to Vermithrax, a winged stone lion. And together they are on a mission to Hell to enlist help from Lord Light.

Meanwhile, Serafin remains in Venice. He's joined a group of rebel boys who are plotting to assassinate the pharaoh. But can a group so small really kill the biggest, most powerful man on earth?

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The Stone Light: (Dark Reflections Trilogy: Book 2)

| Author: Kai Meyer
| Genre: YA Fantasy
| Age Range: 12 and up
| ISBN-10: 0689877897
| ISBN-13: 9780689877902
| Content: Alternate Reality, Mermaids, Mythology
| Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition (October 16, 2007)
|  Elizabeth D. Crawford (Translator)
| Cover Artist: Russell Gordon
| Paperback: 384 pages
| Source: Personal copy
| Rating: 3 Stars
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The Stone Light (Dark Reflections,#2)



♥ Mini Review ♥
This is purely an adventure story. In addition to the unique creatures we encountered in The Water Mirror, this time around mighty sphinx are added to the mix. And like the lions, some are winged and some are not. Meanwhile, one group of characters stays in Venice while the other group flies off to explore the environs of Hell.

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